John Gorrie Museum

cultural resources

The John Gorrie Museum is proud to be the temporary host for an exhibit showcasing the history of Florida State Parks.

The exhibit includes an exceptional assortment of historical images, unique artifacts, film footage and other historically significant items that illustrate how the natural and cultural resources of Florida State Parks have been preserved for the past 80 years.

In addition to this exhibit, the museum also has a section detailing the accomplishments of John Gorrie. Visitors can see a replica of his flagship invention, the ice machine, which he used as he treated patients afflicted by yellow fever during the late 1800s.

The re-created sickrooms give visitors a glimpse into the past and are complete with the original instruments that doctors used to treat patients. Learn about Gorrie's role in helping to find a cure for the debilitating disease and how his invention changed the world.